Two Aphex Twin demo tapes

Back in the early 90s when I was on Time/Emit records I was lucky enough to be given two Aphex Twin demo cassettes by Dave Thompson, who was responsible for much of the vision behind the label.

One of the tapes is dated 1991.

TRACK LISTINGS

TAPE ONE
1 Phloam
2 Cys
3 Mesophyll
4 Sium Quarm

TAPE TWO
Section A
1 Xtal
2 We are the Music Makers
3 Muntos
Section B
1 Plexor
2 After Rotation
3 4ph-217

Handwritten in semi-futuristic square lettering are contact phone numbers and address,
‘All tracks by The Aphex Twin’,
and a note that
‘Quality of recording is kept minimal for my protection’

I’ve blanked out the phone numbers

 

Sky Guide wins Apple Design Award

Sky Guide -Apple Design Award 2014

At this years WWDC 2014, Apple awarded Sky Guide an Apple Design Award!

As well as a demonstration of the app on stage and presentation of the special cubic trophy (made from solid unobtanium and glows when you touch it), Apple featured Fifth Star Labs on their site.

Sky Guide -Apple Design Award 2014

Apple App Store Badge

I was lucky enough to be involved with another Apple Design Award winner, the excellent game Osmos by Hemisphere Games, which also features my music as High Skies.

 

Sky Guide gives you Predator vision

Sky Guide -wavelengths

A recent update to Sky Guide boosts your superhuman powers to let you see in different wavelengths, from x-ray to microwave.
The above pic shows you three different iPhone screens; The first shows the sky with a hydrogen alpha filter (exclusive photography by Fifth Star Labs own Nick Risinger); the third shows the sky in x-ray wavelength; and the middle one displays both at the same time via the loupe.

Sky Guide -wavelengths 2

Further wavelengths showing the visible, infrared and microwave spectrums.
The example images are displaying the same patch of sky for comparison, and each wavelength covers the whole sky and can be rotated and swiped as normal. Note how they gives us different information, building up a fuller picture than any one spectrum.

INSTRUCTIONS
1 In the top right example, the spectrum is set to X-Ray; tap-hold the display to bring up the loupe (middle image).

2 Rotate the loupe’s nib to switch between spectrums. Here we’ve settled on hydrogen alpha.

3 You can change the size of the loupe by dragging its edge.

4 Tap away from the loupe to dismiss it, or in this case, expand with a smooth swipe to make it fullscreen.

5 Tap the ‘i’ button for an article about the current wavelength.

6 To get back to the more usual visible spectrum, tap-hold to bring up another loupe and switch it to ‘visible’.

 

Odessa, a short film, music by High Skies

Odessa, a short film by Cidney Hue, with music by High Skies.

BEST Narrative Short – Chain NYC Film Festival 2013
BEST Director of a Short – Chain NYC Film Festival 2013
BEST Sci-Fi Short – Atlantic City Cinefest/Downbeach Film Festival 2013

After a year of film festivals, Odessa, is now available to view in full and download on Vimeo and YouTube.

Music: High Skies – The Earth at Night

More info at odessathefilm.com

 

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Osmos Inuktitut

Osmos 2.3 for iOS update with 4 new achievements and multi-language support for French, German, Spanish, Italian, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, English and Inuktitut!

Inuktitut is the Inuit language spoken in northern Canada in all areas north of the tree line. Although there are some similarities with Martian, these are mostly superficial.

More info on the work behind the Inuktitut project on the Hemisphere site…

 

Sky Guide, music by High Skies

Sky Guide

Sky Guide is the new star gazing app from Nick Risinger and Chris Laurel, with music by High Skies.

Sky Guide - photorealistic
Nick has been featured in Wired and on BBC Horizon as he travelled the globe taking 37,000 photographs of the night sky for this app. Point your iPad or iPhone at the sky. day or night, and it will align itself automatically showing you the perfect sky through an expensive lens and without light pollution.


Click on a star or planet and you will be able to hear it. The hotter the star, the higher the pitch; the larger the star, the louder the volume. You will be able to ‘play the stars’. All music and sounds created by High Skies using an ARP Odyssey and ARP Solina; the astronomically long reverb was created by convoluting lengthy lightning recordings.

Sky Guide - info
Click on any star, planet, galaxy, nebula or constellation and there are hundreds of cross-linked articles and images, with interesting facts and mythologies.

Sky Guide, created by those awfully nice & clever chaps,  Nick Risinger and Chris Laurel.

Out now for iPad and iPhone at the launch price of 69p / $1…

 

High Skies – Sounds of Earth – video

High Skies – Sounds of Earth
Last in the series of six videos.
Time lapse images of Japan by Mockmoon http://mockmoon.sblo.jp

High Skies – Sounds of Earth is now available in Flac format for the first time from our new shop…

HIGH SKIES – SOUNDS OF EARTH
1 Au Début du Voyage
2 The Shape of Things to Come
3 Voyage en Argent
4 Forecast Fire
5 The Earth at Night
6 Sounds of Earth

 

High Skies – The Earth at Night – video

High Skies – The Earth at Night
The shimmering lights of Earth on an ordinary night, as seen from space.
Also available in 3D viewing mode.
Images by Worldwide Telescope / NASA

High Skies – Sounds of Earth is now available in Flac format for the first time from our new shop…

We’ve just completed videos for all the tracks on the ‘High Skies – Sounds of Earth’ release, next week will be the final in the series, the title track, Sounds of Earth.

1 Au Début du Voyage
2 The Shape of Things to Come
3 Voyage en Argent
4 Forecast Fire
5 The Earth at Night
6 Sounds of Earth (next week)

 

High Skies – Forecast Fire – video

High Skies – Forecast Fire
Time lapse photography courtesy of ESO (C Malin, B Tafreshi, S Guisard, José Francisco).
Photography from the Paranal Observatory in Chile.

High Skies – Sounds of Earth is now available in Flac format for the first time from our new shop…

We’ve just completed videos for all the tracks on the ‘High Skies – Sounds of Earth’ release and will be posting a new video every week.

1 Au Début du Voyage
2 The Shape of Things to Come
3 Voyage en Argent
4 Forecast Fire
5 The Earth at Night (next week)
6 Sounds of Earth (one week)

 

High Skies – Voyage en Argent – video

High Skies – Voyage en Argent
3D CGI by James Blinn, NASA, 1981. Voyager flyby of Saturn.

Anyone familiar with computer graphics will be familiar with James Blinn, he was a pioneer in the early days and has the technique of Blinn Shading named after him. A technique for describing how light reflects off a surface.

High Skies – Sounds of Earth is now available in Flac format for the first time from our new shop…

We’ve just completed videos for all the tracks on the ‘High Skies – Sounds of Earth’ release and will be posting a new video every week.

1 Au Début du Voyage
2 The Shape of Things to Come
3 Voyage en Argent
4 Forecast Fire (next week)
5 …
6 …